Every picture tells a story – Sirius Falls – Assynt.

Nigel Kenny Kennworthy on the first ascent of Sirius Falls.

I had been speaking to the late Andy Nisbet about a big waterfall Eas A’ Chual Aluin. It is in Assynt at grid reference NC 282 278. This waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in Britain. The fall is only likely to freeze in exceptional winters but then forms an exceptional climb the top is at an altitude of about 200 metres. It is graded V5 and has three stars and was climbed in 1986. My mate Mark Sinclair RIP had dragged me to have a look but it was not formed after a hard winter.

I next saw it in a hot summer as I descended from Glas Bheinn a lovely Corbett heading to Beinn Leoid via the waterfall and Glencoul. This was nearly 20 years later. I put it in my mind to look again in winter.

Map of the area

Anyway I had spoken to my mate Kenny Kennworthy about the climb so he went to have a look. Sadly the waterfall was not formed but they looked over the other side of the Glen and saw another route. This became Sirius Falls a new grade 3. They had a long walk out but the keeper gave them a lift out on his boat along the Loch. The boat was called “Sirius” hence the name. it saved a long walk out along the Loch. I have done it in the past it’s hard going. Sadly Kenny and his partner Jamie Forder missed the boat out and Dan Carrol and Rusty Bale got the lift.

From the SMC Northern Highlands Guide book a special area with lots of potential.

So another route we missed but we climbed some other routes that weekend at sea level above Loch Broom. Winter roadside ice . It was a great weekend with amazingly Beinn Dearg not holding any ice that weekend yet the conditions low down were great.

“Heavy Handed” Loch Broom

Anyone climbed the big waterfall recently ? As always comments welcome.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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